By Ann Margaret Trujillo
Associate Director, Inclusion and Community Engagement Center
(Oct. 29, 2012) -- The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center announces Justin Constantino is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Latino/Latina Student Leadership Award. He was nominated by Jessica Avalos-Alvarez, program coordinator in the UTSA Learning Communities.
Constantino is involved on campus in a number of student organizations including Society of Women Engineers, College of Engineering Ambassadors, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. He serves the community each week devoting many hours to various organizations, along with working on campus as a physics supplemental instructor and as webmaster in the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, and off-campus in a weekend job.
In the nomination, Constantino was described as a person who "epitomizes leadership by his ability to focus on other people's needs, while balancing his own… He is the definition of a servant leader. He sacrifices so much of his time to mentor and serve others and is the ideal portrait of how a student can achieve great academic success, while getting involved on campus."
In the third year the award has been presented, 18 students were nominated. The other finalists were Cecilia Alvarado and Diana Cuervo.
Award recipients must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75, must be a junior or senior with at least 60 credit hours earned at UTSA, must have campus leadership involvement and must have given service to the community. The nomination must include an essay describing how the nominee epitomizes leadership, how the nominee has demonstrated leadership skills at UTSA, and how cultural and personal values influenced the nominee's leadership abilities.
The award is presented at the Gala Latina, an event that culminates the celebration of Latino Heritage Month, and includes a banquet with a keynote speaker, the award presentation and a dance. Past speakers include Marco Cervantes, UTSA assistant professor of bicultural-bilingual studies, and Carmen Tafolla, UTSA senior lecturer of bicultural-bilingual studies and San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, among others. This year's keynote speaker was Larissa Mercado-López, UTSA lecturer in sociology and the Women's Studies Institute.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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